|DIY hot air balloon from a paper lantern and a basket|
Examples of things I've found: Moss, a sailor suit and a wig (all contributing to one Halloween costume). An unpainted garden gnome (blog post pending!). A giant plush toy snake (worn around my neck on a night on the town.) An inflatable (!) zimmer frame.
Recently I found a paper lantern, and then a few days later a little toiletries basket. Amongst all the other random bits I managed to link the two together in my mind for a hot air balloon project.
You will need:
- Round paper lantern
- Small basket, about the same size as the base of the lantern. Alternatively cut off the base of a milk bottle?
- Thread (for hanging, in the same colour as your ceiling, or clear fishing gut)
- Washi/decorative tape
|Paper lantern, basket, washi tape and string|
- First make your balloon's mini-bunting by cutting a section of string and folding pieces of washi tape around the string so that the sticky sides close against each other. Cut these little rectangles into a point to form triangular bunting. Space these mini flags out evenly along the string. Attach your string of bunting to one side of the basket or all the way around.
Make bunting from washi tape
- Now to attach the basket to the balloon. Thread a string along the top of your basket and attach each corner to the base of the lantern. This step was easy given the type of basket I found. If you use another container like the base of a milk bottle then just pierce four holes in the "basket" and thread through there. Make sure that all four strings are the same length and that your basket hangs evenly and in the centre directly below the balloon.
Attached the basket to the balloon with string
- Stretch out and open up your lantern and see how the basket hangs. My basket was very lightweight and so the lantern didn't open up properly. I added some stones inside the basket so that it would really stretch the lantern open into a perfect globe.
- Now that your lantern is fully extended, you can apply decorative stripes to the "balloon". Using your roll of washi tape, attach the end to the inside of the base of the balloon. Stick it around the outside and then all the way up to the top. At the top leave a little extra before cutting the piece free; press this over the edge to the inside. The ends of the tape should be hidden on the inside. I followed the natural seems of my lantern with my tape, which is where the paper is glued together to make the globe. Apply the stripes of washi tape symmetrically and remember to keep the lantern fully open and extended.
- Attach some thread to the top of the balloon so that you can hang it up. It would also make a nice lampshade (used exactly like the lantern was intended) but I don't have any hanging lamps so it's just randomly flying above the bed.
|A hanging ceramic heart with our initials|
I actually added some extra pizzazz in the form of a little heart that hangs under the balloon; it's full-on twee and I wrote our initials onto it. On this theme, here's a hot air balloon painting I bought at Chiswick car boot sale, it was only £10 or £15 which I think was steal:
|Hot air balloon painting I found at a car boot sale|
|The ascent of Major Farquharson at Worcester|
Hot air balloons are so lovely aren't they? I went with my family in a rainbow coloured one in South Africa, just lovely. My friend Roxanne who's even more of a fan of hot air balloons than me (she even goes to the Bristol Balloon Festival) saw the lantern balloon above my bed and it stirred up an old memory for her. She said that she thinks her mom made one of these for her childhood bedroom (#80sDIY), which might have triggered her lifelong love of them. Also, there was a family staying in our apartment while we were on holiday and their favourite part of the stay was this balloon because their baby REALLY loved it and would lie on the bed staring at it for ages. Maybe that baby will grow up to be a hot air balloon devotee too.
Long-time readers of this blog may remember my old bedroom which was filled with mainly free stuff, even the bed. Here are some more details from my current bedroom at our new place, first this Rob Ryan picture above the bed. It was actually sold at a craft fair for £5 as wrapping paper, and since Rob Ryan himself was there, I asked him to sign it! The fairy lights are super cosy at bed time:
|I asked Rob Ryan to sign this print|
|Animatronic alarm clock from Habitat, DIY planter. Hmmm, not sure why that number looks weird.|
|Toile du jouy, a perennial favourite.|
|Alarm clock and space invader blocks|